Don’t be so afraid of high altitude sickness, just take other people’s advice, not to do heavy actions, not to take shower, not to eat too much on the first day, and what’s more, do not think too much about the altitude, psychologically thinking you can overcome the alitude sickness is the most important.
About Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), it normally a slight reaction taking place more or less especially for the travelers who come to Tibet for the first time. AMS represents the body’s intolerance of the hypoxic (low oxygen) environment at one’s current elevation. the typical symptoms would appear on the facets like headache, dizzy, feels of to be disgusted, vomit and etc, but if only do you follow the necessary instructions from our tour guide and everything should be okay. And the major cause of AMS is going too high too fast. Given time, your body can adapt to the decrease in Oxygen molecules at a specific altitude. This process is known as acclimatization and generally takes 1-2 days at that altitude. And when acclimatization lags significantly behind ascent, various symptoms occur. To prevent of the Altitude Illness, the most important thing is you can’t over-exert yourself or move higher for the first 24 hours and you’d better not to take any activities for the first day in Tibet. Normally you will regain normal sense on the second day upon your arrival.
There are also some other tips to avoid AMS:
- Do exercises to keep you fit before coming to Tibet.
- Avoid catching a cold before you entry to Tibet.
- Make sure you have a good sleep the night before you flying to Lhasa.
- After getting off your airplane in the airport, walk slowly, take some deep breath. Do not do anything severely.
- Ascend to higher altitude gradually. Stop ascending if you feel bad.
Prepare some AMS pills according to your doctor’s suggestion.
- Medicine to bring
- Aspirin-for pain or fever
- Cold and flu tablets, throat lozenges and nasal decongestant
- Multivitamins-consider for long trips, when dietary vitamin intake may be inadequate